Steven Jeon

Department of Music
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD Title: An Examination of British String Quartets in the Context of Musical Institutions in the Early Twentieth Century and the Thematic Catalogue of British String Quartets
Supervisors: Prof. Matthew Riley & Dr. Paul Rodmell
PhD Musicology

Qualifications

  • BMus, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada (2016)
  • MMus, Royal Holloway, University of London (2017)

Doctoral research

PhD title
An Examination of British String Quartets in the Context of Musical Institutions in the Early Twentieth Century and the Thematic Catalogue of British String Quartets

Research

The size of the British string quartet repertoire between the end of the nineteenth century and the end of World War 2 is somewhat surprising. Based on my search, at least 452 works were written between these periods. Many of them did not enter the standard string quartet repertory. There are some well-known string quartets by famous British composers like Frank Bridge, Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett. Most British string quartets were not published and some of them were published after their death. In addition, most British musical studies have focused mainly on choral works, operas and orchestral works by scholars. Studies on the twentieth century British chamber music is still limited. My PhD thesis is to examine and document the little-known repertory as completely and accurate as possible in the context of musical institutions. There are two objectives for this thesis. One objective is to document the works in a thematic catalogue and the second one is to discuss British strings concerning music analysis, manuscript studies (including my archival works) and briefly string quartet concert history at public concert venues and musical institutions

I am interested in many different things in the area of musicology, but I have a special interest in the following fields

  • Archival Research in Musicology
  • Music Sketches / Manuscript Studies
  • British Music since the late nineteenth century
  • Music since the late nineteenth century
  • Music in Germany during the Interwar Period (especially the 1920s)
  • Music of Benjamin Britten and Paul Hindemith
  • Music Analysis